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GIRIFALCO

Girifalco originated after the destruction of two ancient villages named Toco and Caria during the Saracen raids in 836. People from the villages took refuge on a cliff called "Pietra dei Monaci". Girifalco became a municipality during the so-called “French decade” between 1806 and 1815. The legend from which Girifalco took its name is reproduced in the coat of arms: a wingspread falcon circling above a tower in the blue sky. The town stands in the middle of the Catanzaro isthmus, the narrowest point of the Italian peninsula, at the foot of Mt Covello, in the mountain sub-group of Mt Serralta in the Northern Serre range. Several monuments and places can be visited in Girifalco. The renewal of the Pioppi Vecchi district, called Borg@rte, was recently carried out. The Historical Complex, that once housed the psychiatric hospital, and the “Acqua Calabria” facility, where mineral water is bottled, are located in the Girifalco territory. The memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers stands in the Rimitello area near Mt Covello that also houses the Ornithological Center. Here, the statue of the Madonnina di Monte Covello can also be visited and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy charming nature trails.  

The Palazzo Ducale stands in the old town, opposite to the Municipal House; close to it, the memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers was erected. Palazzo Staglianò and Palazzo Ciriaco are two remarkable buildings located in Corso Roma. The Botanical Garden stands next to the former Psychiatric Hospital. The typical alleyways in the old town are enchanting and lead to the several churches of the town dedicated to Saint Roch, Our Lady of the Rosary, Santa Maria delle Nevi, the Annunciation and Our lady of Sorrow. 




 


Address Piazza Umberto I, 1
  88024 Girifalco (CZ)
Phine number 0968 749017
Fax 0968 749037
Website http://girifalco.asmenet.it/
 

 

The Baroque Fountain was built in the baroque style in the 17th century by order of the mayor Carlo Pacino. It is located in piazza Vittorio Emanuele II near the Church of San Rocco.

The Cannaletta is a fountain with six spouts bearing the inscription «salus publica suprema lex esto».

The Memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers is located in piazza Umberto I.

The Memorial dedicated to the fallen men of Mt Covello located in the Rimetello area near Mt Covello, is dedicated to the Carabinieri fallen on October 31, 1977 while they were flying over the backcountry.  

The Municipal House, located in piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, dates back to the 17th century. The house is decorated with the coats of arms of the Caracciolo family and the Municipality. Today it houses the Civic library.

The Palazzo Ducale is located in piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

The Statue of Duke Fabrizio Caracciolo is located opposite to the Municipal Offices.

The Pietra dei Monaci and Pioppi Vecchi districts are the most ancient areas in the town. They were destroyed by the 1783 earthquake and remarkable remains are still visible.

The Battandieri area houses remains of an ancient mill.

The Psychiatric Hospital, Historic complex is a majestic structure that once housed the former Provincial Mental Hospital established in 1881. Originally, it was a 17th century monastery of the Friars minor.

Mt Covello (848 m) belongs to the mountain sub-group of Mt Serralta. It is characterized by  rich forests and varied flora and fauna. Quality low mineralized water flows in the mountain. 

The Church of San Rocco dates back to the 17th century. It is located in piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and was restored several times. It keeps fine artworks including the altar of Saint Michael with brass candelabras, a wooden statue of Saint Roch dating back to the 16th century and a baroque monstrance.

The Main Church of Chiesa Matrice or Santa Maria delle Nevi was built on the chapel of the Dominican Monastery whose remains are still visible to the right of the Church. Once the building was located near the Church of San Rocco, but the 1783 earthquake destroyed it. The town was developing and the inhabitants decided to re-build it in a more central position.



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